Miami University Equestrian

The progress of Miami University Equestrian

IDA at Kentucky


On December 6th, Miami’s dressage team traveled to Frankfort, KY, where they finished up the semester competing at Valley View Farms. This was the first time that UK had hosted at this particular location.The team described it as a beautiful, newly built horse estate made up of a long driveway and a cluster of many small barns. Over their weekend in Kentucky, the they had a pool party the night before and explored the ruins of an old colonial house, while gearing up for the upcoming week of finals.

Studying and horse shows go hand in hand

Studying and horse shows go hand in hand


Team A

First Level-Emily Gillespie 3rd  %70.18

Upper Training-Natalie Davis 3rd %66.81

Lower Training-Kelsey Polyeff 6th %65.4

Intro-Elizabeth Foster 6th


Team B

First Level-Jeana Rae Schaffer 2nd %71.1

Upper Training- Spencer Clark 6th %62.5

Lower Training-Emily Swatkowski 5th %67.6

Intro-Victoria Cooke 4th %61.5


Spencer gearing up for his ride

Spencer gearing up for his ride

Overall, Team A came in 5th place with Team B in 4th place. Congratulations to all of the dressage team on a wonderful semester! We cannot wait until second semester begins and all of the teams gear up for the remainder of the year. Keep warm over break!

Layers are a must

Layers are a must

Midwest Indoors II

On November 20th, Miami traveled to Roberts Arena in Wilmington, OH with nine horses and ten riders for our first open show of the semester. Both horses and riders much enjoyed their escape from the winter weather in the heated barns and arenas. Head coach Heather Pinnick spent the weekend traveling back and forth between the hunter and jumper rings as we had five hunters and four jumpers this time around.

Kayla and Thor

Kayla and Thor

In the jumper ring, Miami horses Thor, Maddie, and our newest addition Carco showed off their skills. We were lucky to have sophomore Kathryn Hoots join the team with her own horse Picasso for their first Hunter – Jumper show outside of the eventing world as well. Freshman Julia Mason joined Kathryn in the Low Child/Adult Jumpers aboard “Some Like it Hot” aka Maddie. The little red rocket proved that she loves showing in the jumper arena as she whipped around the courses. Kathryn and Picasso went double clear in the Mini Prix on Saturday, with a fourth place finish. Congratulations to Julia and Kathryn on a great first open show with Miami!

Kathryn and Picasso

Kathryn and Picasso

Julia and Maddie

Julia and Maddie

Intern Jackie Yeager tried out Miami’s newest addition, S.F. Carco in the High Adult Jumpers alongside Kayla Akers and Thorwald. Both Carco and Thor had their game faces on throughout the weekend in addition to their stylish bonnets. The big boys knew exactly what to do as soon as the buzzer went off, both bringing home respectable ribbons in their division.

Kayla and Thor in the Mini Prix

Kayla and Thor in the Mini Prix

Jackie and Carco

Jackie and Carco

In the Hunter ring, Miami horses Toby, Caper, Butterfly, Pleiades and Twix represented the school. Freshman Samantha Long showed “Woodford Reserve” aka Toby in the Children’s Hunters and the Performance Hunters over the weekend. The new pair had some great rounds with ribbons over fences as well as on the flat. Junior Abby Postle once again showed “Constellation” aka Caper  in the Adult Hunter’s. The two had previously shown together over the summer and this time around was no different. Abby and Caper had many great rounds over fences with ribbons in all of their classes.

Samantha and Toby

Samantha and Toby

Abby and Caper

Abby and Caper

Next up, Ashley Dowler and the queen, Butterfly, showed together in the Intermediate Adult Hunters alongside Rachel Flake and Pleiades. Butterfly strutted her stuff to a great fifth place ribbon on the flat along with many ribbons over fences as well. A slightly newer pair, Rachel and Pleiades, had their game faces on as well. Over the weekend, they had great rounds over fences and on the flat.  Rachel and Pleiades won the Intermediate Adult Equitation on the flat.  This photogenic mare certainly likes horse showing!

Ashley and Butterfly

Ashley and Butterfly

Rachel and Pleiades

Rachel and Pleiades

Both Senior Helena Kervinen and Freshman Samantha Maze shared “Show Boy” aka Twix in the Limit Hunter division. Helena showed Twix in the hunter classes and Samantha in the equitation classes. For both rider’s, it was their first time going to an open show with Miami. Each had great rounds aboard a wonderful horse with once again, more respectable ribbons.

Congratulations to everyone on a wonderful weekend!

Breezy Wins Miss Metropolitan 2015


MUET’s very own Brianna DeCamp aka “Breezy” , a Junior on the Western team studying Special Education, won Miss Metropolitan 2015 on November 16th in Indianapolis, IN. The Miss Metropolitan is a local preliminary pageant to Miss Indiana within the Miss America Organization. “Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. This assistance is not just for the handful of young women who become Miss America, but is available to the over 12,000 young women who compete in the state, and local competitions such as Miss Metropolitan.”


Next up, Breezy will be competing for the title of Miss Indiana in June. If she wins the Miss Indiana title, she will then go on to compete at Miss America, where she will go through a 10 minute private interview with judges, a talent section, an evening gown section, lifestyle and fitness in swim, and an onstage question.

Congratulations to Breezy for her wonderful accomplishment! MUET is very proud!


Redhawks Ride at Congress

Three Miami students competed at The All American Quarter Horse Congress from October 2 – 26th. The three week competition is the worlds largest single breed horse show, with more than 20,000 entries this year alone. MUET riders Mallory Myers and Lauren Martyn both competed, along with Miami Student Morgan Heck who is trained by our own Miranda McIntosh.

First up, sophomore Mallory Myers from MUET’s hunt seat team competed at Congress aboard her horse Stroke For Stroke alongside trainer Alfred Hewitt.The pair were first in both the 14-18 Youth Working Hunter and 14-18 Youth Hunter Hack, 6th in the 14-18 Youth Equitation Over Fences, and a finalist in the Non-Pro Hunter Classic.

mallory congress

Freshman Lauren Martyn showed in the 15-18 Western Pleasure on her horse OK Shesa Cowgirl aka “Cowgirl.” Cowgirl is  a 2007 red roan that specializes in pleasure. As her last show in her youth career, Lauren was hoping to end with a bang and they did just that. They were finalists in one of the toughest classes at the show. Lauren was shocked to make it so far in such a tough class since she had not been able to ride Cowgirl in over a month.

Lauren and Cowgirl

Lauren and Cowgirl

Miami’s own Miranda McIntosh took a Miami student to Congress as well. Sophomore Morgan Heck competed aboard her own Junebug in the Youth Hunter Under Saddle 15-18. She was 9th out of 94 and 8th in the NSBA portion of the class.

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Congratulations to all!

Hunt Seat at Otterbein

This past weekend the Miami Hunt Seat team traveled to Westerville, OH where they competed at Otterbein University in the last show of the semester. Many pre-show playlists pumped up the team, while head coach Heather Pinnick and intern Jackie Yeager sported pink hair, large mustaches and light up wands for good luck. Overall, Miami was third both days, Alex Roe tied for Reserve High Point Rider on Saturday and Rachel McConnell was High Point Rider on Sunday.

Alex Roe Otterbein

Alex posing with Lantas

On Saturday, Caroline Hurst, Alex Roe, Taylor Myers, and Jill O’Brien won their respective classes. Then, on Sunday, Rachel McConnell and Abby Postle brought home the blue as well. Congratulations to everyone on a wonderful show!

Kelly on Rocky

Kelly on Rocky

Next up, the team will travel back to Otterbein in February for the combined regional show. Keep up the good work MUET!

Freshman Samantha Maze after her flat class

Freshman Samantha Maze after her flat class

Redhawks Host Western Home Show


Max and his fan club!

This past weekend MUET hosted their annual western home show. Mother nature played a few tricks in the morning by freezing the arena, but slowly the sun began to shine and the show began! There were many major accomplishments throughout the day. Natalie MonteCalvo pointed up into the advanced division, Kathleen Dodson was 1st on Bunny in Intermediate II, Zach LeCompte was 1st on JellyBean in beginner, First year member Molly Burns was 1st on Bunny in the Intermediate II division, and First year member Sarah Laane was 1st on Brandi in beginner.


Brianna DeCamp and OSU’s Pancake


Ohio State University also brought 5 horses that were used in the reining classes as well as on the rail.  Thank you to OSU for sharing their horses with us!





Dana Rossman and Max

Thanks to their good luck charm and some sugar provided by Zach LeCompte’s mother, the team was awarded Reserve High Point Team in both the morning and afternoon show. Congratulations to all for running another wonderful home show! Keep riding hard MUET!


Yummy treats!


Michelle Nugent, Courtney Johnson, Megan Perry, and Lauren Martyn and the RedHawks lucky charm, TomaHawk.


Butch loving all of the attention


Coach Carmack and the Dressage Team Swoop into Otterbein!

Hi all, Tom Schoen here again bringing to you an update on the Dressage Team’s odyssey.  I was lucky enough, again, to experience the 8th wonder of the world, let’s see what happened…

The Redhawks took flight to Otterbein University the weekend of October 26-27  for their first regular season Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) show.  Determined to perch nowhere but on top, Coach Lindsey Carmack and her kids flew in, with presence, into the dressage ring.

First level rider Emily and Jeana-Rae with  Coach Carmack.

First level riders Emily and Jeana-Rae with
Coach Carmack.

Nearly every rider on the dressage team made it up to Westerville, OH.  Drowning out the crowds with solid MU…ET cheers, they outnumbered and out-spirited the competition.  Everywhere you looked, a group of red MUET coats painted the town red.

On Saturday, the hawks showed their true colors, soaring in, talons first, to secure the Champion Team spot.  Showing in First Level, were returning members Jeana-Rae Schaper and Emily Gillispie.  This was Jeana-Rae’s debut in an IDA show for First Level!  Upper Training brought the heat when Natalie Davis and Devon Smith secured a 1st and 3rd respectively.  Furthermore, Natalie earned the Reserve High Point Rider spot with a score of 76%!  Representing the team in the Lower Training Division was team captain, Katie Forrester aboard Kermit and team secretary, Amy Fleitz aboard Mason.  Determined to finish out as strong as they started, Elizabeth Foster rode to 1st place in the Intro Division with a whopping score of 74%; her large, painted mount, Ted (a team favorite), was equally excited.  Tori Cooke earned a 4th place with a beautiful score of 66.2% aboard her perfect match, Bella.  If you know Coach Carmack or her determined team, you know they didn’t let up there.

It has been said that MUET's dressage team gets their talent from soaking up the sun's rays. Is this proof?

It has been said that MUET’s dressage team gets their talent from soaking up the sun’s rays.
                                     …Could this be proof?

The team traveled over to the Quarter Horse Congress that evening for an extra dose of horses, food, and fun.  For a minute, I wasn’t sure if they could be separated from the famous “puppy tent.”  Also, it wouldn’t be a complete night without Natalie Davis, Spencer Clark, and Jeana-Rae Schaper riding the mechanical bull!  The team attempted to coax their coach to go for a round, but she humbly declined, not wanting to show off her hidden bull riding skills.

Jeana-Rae showing that bull who is boss!  She was just upset she couldn't draw it for the show.

Jeana-Rae showing that bull who is boss! She was just upset she couldn’t draw it for the show.

On Sunday, Emily and Jeana-Rae proudly represented MUET in First Level.  For the second day in a row, the Upper Training girls (this time Kirsten Drew and Amelia Pfleger) flew high like true Redhawks.  Kirsten earned a 68.7%, securing 3rd and freshman Amelia (in her debut IDA show) scored a 72.3%, securing both 2nd place and Reserve High Point Rider!  Lower Training was represented by, Kelsey Poleyeff and senior, Kyra Chester Paul.  Kelsey Poleyeff brought the heat aboard Paco scoring a 69.7%, winning the blue!  Laura Adkins and freshman Geneva Mommsen showed at the Intro Level.  Geneva, rocked out her very first IDA show and earned 2nd with a score of 66.5%!

A horse show wouldn’t be a horse show without the loving support of so many wonderful parents.  They, too, brought their A game providing not only loud cheering and bear-like hugs, but also Panera lunch, bagels, cookies, whoopie pies, goodie bags, and even more cookies!  The team would like to extend a special thank you to these parents who show dedication whether in the cold or the sun.  Another thank you goes out to Otterbein University for putting on a great show and providing awesome horses.

As I claimed at the start, Coach Carmack and the team were determined to perch on top.  They didn’t disappoint.  They are sitting on top of the region… but tied with another avian creature… the Cardinal of Otterbein.

The team and  their ribbons.

The team and their ribbons.

Tune in again to see the results of the  7th IDA show at the University of Kentucky.  Who will soar higher, the Redhawks? Or the Cardinals?

That’s not all, folks!  We are all lucky enough to view this special bonus footage.  Coach Carmack presented her team with a challenge on the Friday afternoon before they departed: to create a video in their van to a song of their choice.  Let’s see where their creativity took them…

Link to Van 1:

Link to Van 2:

Who do YOU think won?  Vote in the comment section below.

Hunt Seat Home Show

The weekend of October 18-19 Miami hosted their first home show of the year! The Redhawks didn’t allow the rainy, cold weather to stop their fun while supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Susan G Komen Foundation. Both riders and horses were asked to sport their pink ribbons while in the ring. A coaches costume class was also held on Saturday to raise money for the cause.

pink fence

On Saturday, Jessi Thorne, Mallory Myers, Alicia Ferguson and Jill O’Brien earned blue ribbons in their classes. Then, on Sunday, Ashley Dowler, Rachel McConnell, Alex Roe, Julia Mason, Jill O’Brien, Emma Marcum, Rachel Flake, Terra Organisciak, Staefani Manchik, Brittany Hogan, and Carita Haverlock all brought home the blue in their classes as well. Rachel McConnell was High Point Rider on Sunday, placing first in both novice fences and intermediate flat.

Caroline Hurst aboard Carco in the Open Fences

Caroline Hurst aboard Carco in the Open Fences

On Saturday, a coaches’ costume class was held to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Students put money towards whichever school’s coach they thought would win the class, which was judged half on costumes and half on equitation. This was a great way to raise money while adding a little fun to the day. Coaches from Otterbein, Ohio State, Ohio University and of course, Miami dressed up for the cause. Intern Jackie Yeager represented Miami in her Ninja Turtle costume aboard Thor. Jackie and Thor rode their way to victory, donating all of their winnings to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Jackie and Thor

Jackie and Thor

Overall, it was a wonderful weekend filled with plenty of great riding. Miami was named Reserve High Point Team both days and they are still leading the Region. Next up, Otterbein!

Kayla Akers aboard Carco posing with Katie Schultz before heading into their flat class

Kayla Akers aboard Carco posing with Katie Schultz before heading into their flat class

Hunt Seat Travels to Columbus

Hunt Seat Team Pic

This past weekend the Hunt Seat team traveled to the Sid Griffith Equestrian Center in Columbus, OH for their first show of the season. MUET brought their A game and was named High Point Team both Saturday and Sunday thanks to Heather and Jackie channeling their inner Lori back in her rock band days!

Jackie and Heather

Their were many major accomplishments throughout the weekend from both new and returning members.

Saturday First Places:

  • Open Fences: Courtney Beatty
  • Novice Fences: Rachel McConnell
  • Open Flat- Courtney Beatty
  • ADV WTC- Jill O’Brien
  • Walk Trot- Kylie Fleming
  • Novice Flat- EJ Robbins
  • Saturday Reserve High Point Rider: Courtney Beatty

Sunday First Places:

  • Open Fences: Meg Czerwonka
  • Intermediate Fences- Abby Postle
  • Intermediate Flat: Abby Postle
  • ADV WTC-Helena Kervinen
  • ADV WTC -Carita Haverlock
  • Novice Fences- Julia Prus
  • Novice Flat- Mallory Myers
  • Novice Flat- Rachel Flake
  • Novice Flat- Erin Belanger
  • Walk Trot- Stephen George
  • Novice Flat: Allie Shea
  • Morgan Mittler- first time showing Hunt Seat, placed 3rd in her beginner wtc class
  • Sunday High Point Rider: Abby Postle
Juniors Meg and Julia show off their blue ribbons

Juniors Meg and Julia show off their blue ribbons

Hunt Seat started off the season with a bang and is currently leading the Region! Next up is our home show on October 18th and 19th.

Brittany Hogan

Brittany Hogan preparing to ride.


Starting Off Strong

This past weekend, Miami’s western team traveled to Wilmington, OH, where they competed at their first IHSA show of the season. Wilmington College hosted both an a.m. and p.m. show, allowing MUET to show off their skills on a beautiful sunny day. Miami was named the High Point team in the morning and the Reserve High Point team in the afternoon.


First year members Lydia Yount and Megan Ashbrook were able to bring home the blue’s their first time in the ring! Lydia was aboard Ohio State’s horse Arizona in the novice and Megan was first in the Intermediate 2. Congrats to both!


Thanks to head coach Beth Akers, “The Tomahawk” traveled with the team for the day. The new mascot clearly did his job in rooting on the riders.


Brianna DeCamp was 2nd on Stingray in open horsemanship

Michelle Nugent was 6th on Cowboy in beginner horsemanship

Zach LeCompte was 1st on Tacky in beginner horsemanship

Natalie MonteCalvo was 1st on Arizona in novice horsemanship

Sarah Laane was 4th on Buckeye in beginner horsemanship

Megan Perry was 1st on Bert in advanced horsemanship

Lydia Yount was 1st on Arizona in novice horsemanship

Molly Burns was 3rd on Patrick in intermediate 2 horsemanship

Danielle Hume was 2nd on Buck in intermediate 2 horsemanship

Dana Rossman was 4th on Buzz in advanced horsemanship

Kathleen Dodson was 3rd on Patrick in intermediate 1 horsemanship

Sam Kershner was 4th on Winnie in novice horsemanship

Shannon LaGassa was 2nd on Arizona in novice horsemanship

Lauren Martyn was 4th on Brutus in open reining

Monique Booher was 6th on Ellie Mae in intermediate 2 horsemanship

Emily Uecker was 4th on Stingray in intermediate 2 horsemanship


A huge congratulations goes out to the entire Western team and their accomplishments this past weekend! We cannot wait to see what else MUET brings to the plate this year!


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